A campaign to cancel the Tokyo Olympics is gaining pace – as polls say 80% of Japanese people want the games to be called off, Sky News reports.
Around 200,000 people in Japan have signed an online petition demanding the event – postponed from last year and now due to open in less than 12 weeks on 23 July – is scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as a state of emergency in Tokyo and major cities including Osaka and Kyoto is likely to be extended until the end of the month, despite being due to expire on 11 May.
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Just 2.2% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated despite tens of millions doses of unused COVID-19 vaccines piling up.
Health chiefs imported 28m doses of the Pfizer vaccine in late April – but 24m remain sitting in freezers.
The petition, launched only days ago, is entitled: “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to save lives”.
Source: Complete Sports